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Product Details

  • Series: Wildefire (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442421177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442421172
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

I am the fieriest depths of hell.

I am the surface of the sun.

I am the belly of a volcano.
I am the unstoppable force that
has formed new islands, and the
same unstoppable force that has
brought cities to their knees.

I am the volcano goddess who has
survived a thousand years.

I am Ashline Wilde, and I may
not survive another thousand
years, but I'll go down in flames
before I go up in smoke.

About the Author

Karsten Knight has been writing since the age of six, when he completed his first masterpiece: a picture book series about an adventurous worm. In the two decades that have followed, Karsten has worked as a proofreader, a bookseller, and a college admissions counselor before he finally decided that his true calling was to be a volcano goddess biographer. He lives in Boston, and for more information or to watch his video blog, visit KarstenKnight.com.

More About the Author

Karsten Knight has been writing since the age of six, when he completed his first masterpiece: a picture book series about an adventurous worm. In the two decades that have followed, Karsten worked as a proofreader, a bookseller, and a college admissions counselor before finally deciding that his true calling was as a volcano goddess biographer. He resides in Boston, where he lives for fall weather and football, and is on a far-too-successful quest to visit every restaurant in the city. For more information on Karsten or to watch his video blog, visit karstenknight.com.


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The characters are written very well and have thorough back stories so they feel fully formed.
Book Sake
I actually liked most of the characters, I thought that they were the one thing that kept me invested in this book whereas the plot really didn't work as well for me.
Donna
The first chapter starts out with a bang and the book ends with a bang - and that last bang really caught me off-guard.
Missy

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lori VINE VOICE on August 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm not sure what I expected from Wildefire...I saw the rave reviews, but I still wasn't completely convinced. The premise sounded a little been there, done that to me. Wow, was I wrong. I discovered from page 1 that this book was something different. Wildefire is something awesome.

This book revolves around a mythology theme, which is becoming pretty popular in YA lately. I'm not complaining about that at all. I love mythology. I especially love Karsten Knight's unique take on it. You don't really get a full explanation or back story until pretty late in the book, but that was never a problem for me because Ash was so compelling I sometimes forgot she was supposed to be a mysterious goddess.

Ashline was my most favorite part of the book. From the first scene I knew I was going to love that girl. She is totally kick ass and brave without being annoyingly stubborn. She was a pretty perfect character in my opinion. All of the secondary characters were fantastic! They were all really well developed which was great because they are all essential to the story. Eve, the villain and Ashline's sister, was wonderfully done. Wow, I hated her. I wanted to punch her in the face on many occasions, that's the sign of a well done villain in my book.

Knight definitely knows how to hook you very early on. The events of the first 20 pages were kind of huge and it sets the tone for the rest of the book. It's unputdownable after that. I think Karsten Knight has only just begun. Wildefire is an outstanding debut and I'm dying for more.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ashleigh VINE VOICE on July 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Also appears on The Screaming Nitpicker.

After an incident in her hometown leaves a girl dead by a lightning strike (that may or may not have something to do with her sister), Ashline Wilde is happy to get away to Blackwood Academy in California on the opposite side of the country. She just wants a fresh start, the opportunity to be normal, and maybe a romance with that really cute park ranger. Then she gets a bombshell dropped on her: she, a few of her classmates, and even her sister Eve are reincarnated gods and goddesses. When Eve comes back into Ash's life with intentions that aren't the kindest, Ash will have to master her fiery powers and face down Eve once again.

I got pressured into reading this book. Many of my Goodreads friends read it and their opinions fell on both sides of the spectrum with a few in the middle. Some of my friends (and you know who you are) asked me if I'd read it and said I should when I replied that no, Wildefire wasn't in my reading pile. Now I've read it and I'll parachute into that middleground. Not good, not bad, and certainly not a "me" book.

What seemed to attract so many people to it was the promising premise and the diversity of its characters so many readers were wishing for. On those, Wildefire delivered. The premise was a fresh one and the cast had a diversity in races I wish the rest of YA literature could embrace. I love having characters from all different backgrounds--Polynesian, Japanese, Haitian, and Egyptian, to start--but their actual characterization leaves a lot to be desired. None of them have their own distinct personalities that set them apart from one another and they sound almost alike in what they say.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Fiktshun on July 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ashline Wilde hoped that by leaving home and moving all the way across the country to attend Blackwood Academy would finally rid her of the memories of the destruction left in her sister Evelyn's wake. But fleeing her home didn't mean escaping her dreams.

Months later and she was still struggling with her guilt in the part that she had played. Guilt that turned her dreams into nightmares as she replayed the incident that transformed her sister Eve from a troubled teen into a wanted criminal.

Life at Blackwood was a definite improvement over Scarsdale High School. Even if the change of scenery hadn't affected her fiery temper, just knowing she was far away from any reminders of her past and hidden away from whatever it was her sister had become made her feel much better.

But when an off-campus night of fun leads to the discovery that not everyone at Blackwood was as they seemed, and that they were in fact immortal gods and goddesses, her hopes to finish out her year quietly and without incident were shattered.

And when she learns that she, too, is a goddess and that her choice to attend Blackwood may not have been as random as she thought, Ash doesn't think things could get much worse. She was wrong.

With the sudden appearance of strange lights in the woods surrounding Blackwood and the return of her vengeful sister, things turn deadly, not only for her, but for everyone unlucky enough to get in Eve's way.

Unless Ash can figure out how to access her powers and confront her sister once and for all, she is at risk to lose everything, including her immortality.

***

Wildefire is an absolute powerhouse of a debut book.
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